Pascal Ancel Bartholdi is a French photographer based in London. His work conjures up atmospheric stories. His photographs are layered pieces, developing only from film he concentrates on enhancing the monochromatic nature of the images.
In a world swamped by advertising and colourful prints Bartholdi offers people an escape route. When faced with his images you are taken on a journey into another place, often filled with strange shadows and creatures. The viewer is invited in through an open composition. His work neither focuses on the monumental or the mundane but slips gracefully between the two. Objects which in reality are small become gigantic figures against exotic backgrounds.
Bartholdi never uses digital photography or trickery, instead opting for illusions and mystery created through lighting and development skills. He is not keen to divulge his techniques believing instead that effects can often be created by chance.
Bartholdi will be exhibiting a small number of his works at the New Space, a boutique arts space in north London. His show aims to present a number of objects in strange and unusual compositions.
New Space is an arts space hidden away on the busy Queens Crescent in Kentish Town. The busy market street belies the peace and quiet to be found at New Space. Behind the glass door and behind the reception desk of the doctors surgery are to be found art works by artists from across the city of London. The airy space provides ample natural light for the art work. Although the New Space is small it provides a perfectly crafted space with a diverse range of shows happening throughout the year. It forms part of the Free Space Gallery network which consists of the Free Space Gallery itself, based within the Kentish Town Health Centre. Art and health are inextricably linked both for those creating art as well as for those viewing art. The Free Space Gallery and New Space seek to provide exhibition space for artists working across the disciplines and do not restrict applicants due to subject matter or vision. Free Space Gallery is based on the ethos of free expression and discussion, providing art as a starting point to debate.
Pascal Ancel Bartholdi’s exhibition of black and white photographs will open with a private view and a chance to meet the artist on Thursday 15th September between 6-9pm and run till November 7th. New Space is open Monday – Friday between 9am and 6pm, excluding Thursday when New Space is open between 10am – 1pm.
76 Queens Crescent
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